IT Simplified: Data Archival

Data archiving is the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate storage device for long-term retention. Archive data consists of older data that remains important to the organization or must be retained for future reference or regulatory compliance reasons. Data archival systems indexation and have search capabilities, so files can be located and retrieved.

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How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

In just a few months’ time, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business. According to a new McKinsey Global Survey of executives, their companies have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years. And the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by a shocking seven years. 

Nearly all respondents say that their companies have stood up at least temporary solutions to meet many of the new demands on them, and much more quickly than they had thought possible before the crisis. What’s more, respondents expect most of these changes to be long lasting and are already making the kinds of investments that all but ensure they will stick.

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Rushed digital transformation is creating security risks

The pandemic provided the kick in the pants that many enterprises needed to finally get long-gestating digital transformation efforts underway. But for many organizations, such transformations turned into rush jobs, with many digital transformation projects being hatched far earlier than expected.

While some of these transformations came out in one piece, many weren’t so fortunate, carrying with them a virulent case of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities have in turn led directly to a surprising number of breaches.


How consumer IoT devices can break your security

The Internet of Things was never conceived with the needs of enterprise security in mind. Then again, no one expected most of the world to leave their offices overnight and begin working from home.

But now, in a world where nearly 75 per cent of global enterprises expect at least some of their employees to continue working from home permanently, the potential threat of unsecured consumer IoT devices is taking on a whole new dimension.

“Almost everybody already had some remote access capability,” says Jon Green, vice president and chief security technologist at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “It was just that only a minority of employees were using it. Now, it’s the majority. So it didn’t fundamentally change architectures all that much, but volume got much, much higher.”


The fundamentals of security incident response—during a pandemic and beyond

Information security is a nonstop race between you and cybercriminals—and COVID-19 means more challenges for your organization and more opportunities for attackers.

We spoke with cybersecurity experts about the challenges a new remote workforce creates for organizations, how to respond to a cyber threat, and how the threats themselves are changing.


AR and VR: From gaming novelty to enterprise essential

Advances in hardware and software, infrastructure, and other technologies are driving greater use of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities for both work and play, laying the foundation for what experts call the human edge.

Augmented and virtual reality has been around for some time, but only more recently have they begun to push the boundaries of how we work and play. With the ever-evolving capabilities of our smartphones and advances in hardware and software, network infrastructure, and other technologies, AR and VR are at a tipping point, moving beyond gaming and entertainment toward mainstream use.

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Six predictions for the future of the edge

The edge is going to change the way we interact with each other and the world.

Thanks to edge computing, the world is about to look much different.

Within a decade, the edge will boast more computing power—and produce far more data—than the cloud does today, says Lin Nease, HPE Fellow and chief technologist for IoT.

The edge is where the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and ultrafast 5G networks are converging. And that will change our lives dramatically over the next few years.

Here are six major trends we can expect to see over the coming decade.


Firewall Best practices to block ransomware

Ransomware continues to plague organizations, with over a third of companies surveyed across 30 countries revealing that they were hit by ransomware in the last year. 

Such attacks are ever-increasing in complexity and adversaries are getting more efficient at exploiting network and system vulnerabilities, leaving organizations with a significant clean-up bill: a global average of an eye-watering US$1.85M – more than double the cost reported last year.

Modern firewalls are highly effective at defending against these types of attacks, but they need to be given the chance to do their job. 

Let’s discuss how these attacks work, how they can be stopped, and best practices for configuring your firewall and network to give you the best protection possible.


5 ways to power your Business with Cloud Services.

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Cloud Services

If your company is like most growing organizations, you’re are always on the lookout for simpler, more cost-effective ways to run IT. 

You might have heard that more and more businesses are achieving those results by turning to as-a-service, pay-as-you-go approaches for IT infrastructure. 

But you might have assumed that it’s a move that works best for larger companies.


Open Source Software

Open Source Software

Open source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible—anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit.

Open source software is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, relying on peer review and community production.

Open source software is often cheaper, more flexible, and has more longevity than its proprietary peers because it is developed by communities rather than a single author or company.